• Why Investor Relations?

    For more than 40 years, the CFA Institute has advocated for efficient capital markets that are ethical, transparent, and provide investor protections. One of the Institute’s guiding principles states: “Investors need complete, accurate, timely and transparent information from securities issuers.”

  • Why InsuranceIR?

    Insurance companies face unique challenges when communicating with investors and InsuranceIR is uniquely suited to help with industry-specific support.

    The primary purpose of this blog is to offer specific ideas on how insurance companies can achieve that objective.

    The supporting pages offer information on InsuranceIR's capabilities and how firm principal Heather J. Wietzel can help your company improve your investor communications.

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Market Demographics May Support Your Case

So far, first-quarter releases and calls are rolling out in fairly orderly fashion with the biggest question being whether reserve releases are realistic and the biggest debate being whether some companies should have pre-released their catastrophe losses (and not “missed” consensus). Reflecting conversations with a few analysts over the past several weeks, I’m planning to look at the “to pre-release or not” topic for insurance companies in time for consideration for the second quarter.

In the meantime, I was reminded by an SNL marketing email of one valuable way insurance companies can address another topic — helping investors see their potential as the market hardens. SNL is promoting their “Market Demographics” template. According to their email, it’s a “pre-built model” that let’s you “view comprehensive data on key demographic indicators, including population, median income, home value and unemployment” by state, county or MSA. In other words, they are making it easy to do useful research.

The economic recovery is expected to be a major factor in the return to premium growth. But not all markets are equal and supporting your company’s specific plans with market data can help make your case.

For example, when talking about geographic expansion, population growth is expected be above 7% over the next five years in Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas and Utah (compared with a 4.6% average for the U.S.). If these are your target states for expansion, you may be able to bolster your case for your outlook.

Or you may already be seeing growth in some states (supporting lagging results in others). You could make a case that you are seeing quality business opportunities if the growth was in Hawaii, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah and Vermont. In those states, March unemployment was below 7.5% compared with a 9.7% average for the U.S. This type of data also may add color to discussions of audit premium trends.

* InsuranceIR LLC purchases SNL data services and participates in their “IR Partner Program.” Under the terms of that program, any company that contracts for services from SNL based on my recommendation receives a $500 credit on their initial bill. InsuranceIR does not receive any cash compensation for referrals. By participating in various marketing activities with SNL, I may receive non-cash benefits, such as higher visibility.

Effectively Using a “Timeline” Slide

Over the next week or two, I plan to post ideas on ways insurance companies could strengthen their investor presentations.

To start, here’s an idea on making best use of timeline slides. A significant number of AIFA and NYSSA presenters included a timeline in their deck to illustrate the major events that built their company.

As this mock-up shows, companies can make their story more compelling by linking the events to a measure of the value created.

In addition, the headline could capture the strategic theme of the growth, e.g., diversification.

What This Slide Is Supposed To Show …

I’m still reviewing presentation handouts from AIFA, looking for ideas on how companies can best tell their stories.

The process is reminding me that all too often the best information is hidden behind a comment that begins, now “what this slide is supposed to show” is …

If you find yourself with that line in the remarks for your investor presentation, you probably have a slide in the deck that has great information on a complex topic. But it is a slide that is not gaining you the value it deserves.

To resolve this problem, consider supplementing the work of your communications team on the presentation with input from your marketing or sales group. Those individuals are communicators who know your company (from a slightly different perspective). Asking them to look at your investor presentation with you once or twice a year can give new insight to help you effectively shape these complex points.